Soochow University is located in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, bordering Shanghai on the east. Emerged in the rich cultural heritage of the region， Soochow University is carrying on its century-long traditions to join the city’s growth, striving to be a multi-disciplinary, research-based university with distinct features.
Leading academically and enhancing talent training
As a comprehensive university, Soochow University consists of 30 schools, covering a wide variety of subjects. Among them, 13 subjects (Chemistry, Physical Sciences, Material Science, Clinical Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Biology and Biochemistry, Neuroscience and Behavioura Science, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Immunology, Mathematics, Computing Science and Agricultural Science) are listed among the global top 1% in Essential Science Indicators (ESI) field ranking, with Chemistry and Materials Science among the top 1‰, ranking 19th in China. In 2019, 19 researchers made the Global Highly Cited Researchers list, ranking the 5th among Chinese universities.
The university is committed to exploring new ways to foster top-notch talents and advancing education reform. It has established a Teachers College, Dongwu College, Jingwen Academy and Ziqing Academy to pilot reform on talent fostering. Together with the Red Cross Society of China and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the university co-established the world’s first International Academy of Red Cross & Red Crescent in 2019, contributing to building a community of a shared future for all mankind.
Driving scientific innovation and cooperation
The university implements a ‘sky and ground’ strategy for science and technology development. It focuses on the frontiers of science and technology to conduct fundamental, cutting-edge research; while is also engaged in applied studies to address national and regional strategic needs. In 2014, it led the establishment of the Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology (NANO-CIC), one of the first 14 approved national collaborative innovation centres. The university boasts 13 flagship innovation platforms, including the State Key Laboratory of Radiation Medicine and Protection, China National Clinical Research Centre for Haematological Diseases. It also established 22 international joint laboratories, such as the CAM-SU Genomic Resource Centre, in collaboration with Cambridge University. Through these platforms, Soochow University has gained a foothold in research on biomedicine, intelligent manufacturing and environmental protection, with breakthroughs in key technologies including hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, artificial hearts using magnetic levitation, and OLED lighting.
For eight consecutive years, the university was ranked among the top 20 universities domestically in the number of grant projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. According to a Nature Index supplement published in 2016, Soochow University was among the world’s fastest rising universities. It now ranks 39th worldwide in Nature Index.
Promoting university-industry collaboration to serve local development
Rooted in Suzhou, Soochow University is exploring a model to thrive with the city. The National University Science Park of Soochow University, launched in 2007, serves as a key platform for research transformation and innovation within the region.
Against the backdrop of the national strategies to enhance the integration of the Yangtze River Delta region and promote the Free Trade Zone, the university is seizing these unprecedented opportunities to integrate university and regional resources by establishing an integrated research centre in the Free Trade Zone’. Working with some of the best-known companies, including Huawei, Baidu and Qualcomm, it has co-founded 18 innovation platforms, and established 388 enterprise-based graduate student workstations, driving a total output value of over 30 billion RMB for enterprises. The NANO-CIC has incubated three companies and helped them go public, whose relevant products are widely used by renowned companies like Huawei, Microsoft and Xiaomi, and driving tens of billions RMB’s output value in the nanotechnology industry for the Suzhou Industrial Park.
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Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Soochow University published between 1 June 2019 - 31 May 2020 which are tracked by the Nature Index.
Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.
Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.
Outputs by subject (Share)
|Advanced Functional Materials||41||24.06|
|Applied Physics Letters||8||3.90|
|European Physical Journal C||2||0.40|
|Journal of High Energy Physics||1||0.01|
|Physical Review A||2||0.24|
|Physical Review B||7||1.81|
|Physical Review D||4||0.02|
|Physical Review Letters||14||0.65|
|Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America||2||0.25|
|Earth & Environmental Sciences||4||1.45|
Highlight of the month
Why catalysts thrive in tight spaces
Confining catalysts and chemical reactants within a snug-fitting nanopore can accelerate reactions in several key ways. This finding could improve the rational design of catalysts.
Enzymes — nature’s high-performance catalysts — typically employ a spatially confined active site that strictly controls how incoming chemical substrates interact with the enzyme’s catalytic centre. Similarly, synthetic catalysts can be enclosed within nanoscale pores that partly mimic the reaction-accelerating nanoconfinement effects of enzyme active sites.
Now, an international team including Soochow University researchers has revealed three key ways by which nanoconfinement can accelerate chemical reactions by synthetic catalysts.
They found that the nanopore structure can guide the reactant to approach the catalyst in the ideal orientation for reaction. Furthermore, it can help to tune the strength of the absorptive interaction between catalyst and reactant. Finally, it can help to keep reactive intermediates in place for the chemical transformation to complete.
These molecular-scale insights into nanoconfinement effects should aid future nanopore catalyst design.
- Nature Communications 10, 4815 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-12799-x
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International vs. domestic collaboration by Share
- 59.06% Domestic
- 40.94% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (213 total)
- Soochow University, China
- Domestic institution
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
Nanjing University (NJU), China
Peking University (PKU), China
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China
Fudan University, China
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China
Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China
Zhejiang University (ZJU), China
East China Normal University (ECNU), China
Top 10 international collaborators by Share (367 total)
- Soochow University, China
- Foreign institution
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America (USA)
National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), United States of America (USA)
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), United States of America (USA)
California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America (USA)
Charles Darwin University (CDU), Australia
Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.
Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- BESIII Collaboration, China
- Cambridge-SU Genomic Resource Center (CAM-SU GRC), China
- Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology (NANO-CIC), China
- Danish-Chinese Centre for Proteases and Cancer, China
- Photovoltaic Research Institute of Soochow University & Canadian Solar Inc. (PVRI-Suda & CSI), China
- Soochow University-Western University Centre for Synchrotron Radiation Research, China
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